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prayverb

uk   /preɪ/ us   /preɪ/
A2 [I or T] to speak to a god either privately or in a religious ceremony in order to express love, admiration, or thanks or in order to ask for something: She knelt and prayed silently. Let us pray for the victims of this terrible disaster. [+ that] We've been praying to God that your son will make a complete recovery.formal You must pray (= ask for) God's forgiveness for what you have done.
B2 [I] to hope for something very much: We're praying for good weather for tomorrow's game.

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uk   /preɪ/ us   /preɪ/ old use or formal
(Definition of pray from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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prayverb

us   /preɪ/
to speak to God or a god either privately or in a religious ceremony esp. to express thanks or to ask for help: [I] Then the minister said, "Let us pray." [+ (that) clause] We often prayed (that) the war would end.
To pray also means to hope: [+ (that) clause] I prayed (that) she wouldn’t discover my secret.
(Definition of pray from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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